Officials are still investigating a fatal school bus accident in Chesterfield, which left an 11-year-old girl dead and 17 other elementary school children injured. The girl, who was the daughter of a state trooper, was a triplet. Both her sisters and another 11-year-old boy were critically injured in the crash, according to a news report in The Times of Trenton. Officials say the collision occurred at a street intersection between the school bus and a dump truck. Among other issues, officials are looking into which one of the drivers was at fault for the fatal auto accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is looking into several issues including seatbelt use. New Jersey is one of only six states that require the use of seatbelts in school buses.
Another issue in such cases that warrants close examination is whether the accident occurred at a dangerous location. The news report states that the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road, where this accident occurred, has been the site of 17 car accidents over the last five years. There were two crashes at that intersection just this year.
Injured victims of accidents, which may involve negligence, should seek help from an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Investigations in accidents involving fatalities and multiple victims could take months to be completed. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the legal rights of the victims and their families are protected.
The experienced NJ bus accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of upholding auto accident victims’ rights in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a crash, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.